Saturday, February 23rd, 1:30 – 4:30p
Where: Living Arts Collective, Durham
When: Feb. 23, 1:30-4:30
Donation for Materials: $12
If inspired, please bring materials that add shape, texture or color to the masks. These can be shared with the group to add variety to the process. Basic materials will be provided.
Masks capture the potent metamorphosis of life—a passage from past to future—the New Year invites us to compost that which no longer serves and plant innovative seeds of becoming in the fertile soil of our experiences. The ancient and timeless practice of mask making, passed down from the ancestors through the millennia, gives form to that within us that wishes to be released or realized. Whether from the need to let go of shadow or to lean into the next evolute of becoming, participating fully in the mask making process encourages us to identify hidden impulses of possibility, bringing them into the light and form of consciousness.
The process: Mask making is a community event. We partner with another to lay on plaster. We do this part of the process together, for and with each other. Once the plaster masks have been removed from our faces, we listen to how these blank faces wish to express. We bring these desires to life as we overlay the plaster with paint, glitter, feathers, grains, etc. Each participant decorates according to the impulses flowing through.
Our masks, once completed, reflect our deepest desires in the moment, bringing recognition to the unending spiral of transformation. The mask invites us to step through the threshold of more. More of who we are. Donning our masks (or not), we may choose to find our new selves in music and dance. Anything we do that brings subconscious to form, including working with different modalities of creative expression, integrates the different aspects of self and the newness of Becoming.
Chitra Giauque is Founder of Dakini’s Breath Yoga, a traveling temple of transformation offered to all beings who are longing for the return of balance through the Divine Feminine. Chitra’s certifications in Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Breema Bodywork and Continuum Movement are informed by years of immersion in the Mystery School Teachings of Emilie Conrad and Amorah Quan Yin.
She maintains a private practice in North Carolina and can be reached at